Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
So I came across this via Atheist Republic:
Journalist Fareed Zakaria confronted political commentator Bill Maher earlier this month about his frequent and ruthless criticism of Islam. Zakaria slammed Maher, saying his atheistic views are just as radical as the religious views he criticizes, and what is worse is that he does only so to receive applause lines and never with the intention of reforming religion.
When Maher began to reiterate how Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas while discussing Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Zakaria put his foot down, saying Maher was not going to win over the minds and hearts of his audience by continuously insulting Islam and telling Muslims that their faith “sucks.” Zakaria also stressed there needs to be some sense of respect in how an argument over such a subject is framed, especially when the arguer claims to focus on reforming religion.
Maher then confusingly asked Zakaria if he truly doubted that most followers of Islam have considerably backward beliefs. Zakaria responded, saying most Muslims do not have considerably backward beliefs, as religious views vary from nation to nation. He also mentioned a couple of his own criticisms regarding Islam before concluding that all Maher is doing is only helping him receive applause lines.
When Maher expressed disappointment with what Zakaria had to say, the latter said Muslims feel disappointed all the time when people like Maher critique Islam.
These idiots are becoming increasingly tiresome. This is just a variation on the old ‘no true Scotsman’ fallacy. Despite the incredibly voluminous digital evidence that mobs of religious fervor (regardless of denomination) are mostly violent, this Zakaria wants to whitewash the bloody roots and branches of his particular worldview. Maher quite accurately points out in the video (which has proven resistant to being embedded in this post), that the moderates who aren’t participating are usually in the background nodding their heads (and making disapproving clucking noises, nothing else), are somewhat culpable as well. Inaction is a consequence of choice as well. Of course the extremists are incredibly violent, enough so that any more passive ‘moderates’ are likely to stay quiet, but there is a limit to everything in this world, and this particular M.O is stretching those limits.
Islam is based on Judaism (let’s face it: Muhammad syncretized like crazy, and just re-told the campfire stories of Israelite shepherds with an Arabic slant, and changed a few names and details), which is another bloody storied religion. The ‘chosen of gawd’ assholes went around committing genocide on the advice of their daft shamans (which might be the crucial reason the Arabs hate the Jews now), and if you want to follow in the footsteps of bloody maniacs, then you my friend have more than a few marbles missing. Of course it doesn’t help when the youth of your nation are told when to eat, shit, sleep, pray, and can only have sex when they’re married to a person they’re told to marry, well, combine that with excessive heat and sand grinding in every orifice and opening in your body, well, you’d be a quite a bit more than bugfuck crazy too.
Less talk of ‘reforming’ a religion, more about the extraction of this cancerous tumor, with intense criticism as chemo.
Till the next post then.